Is Al Sharpton too in the tank for Obama to be appropriate even for MSNBC? Glenn Greenwald, who, like a stopped clock, is correct on rare occasions, notes:
I assumed it was hyperbole — until I watched the video and read the transcript of the Sharpton interview. The 60 Minutes segment was aired on May 19, 2011, and chronicles what it calls Sharpton’s “metamorphosis: today he’s down right tame. So much so, that he has made his way into the establishment.” It includes this:
Sharpton told us that having a black president is a challenge: if he finds fault with Mr. Obama, he’d be aiding those who want to destroy him. So he has decided not to criticize the president about anything — even about black unemployment, which is twice the national rate.
The segment also described Sharpton as “now a trusted White House adviser” and recounts that “given his loyalty and his change from confrontational to accommodating, the administration is rewarding him with access and assignments.”
Greenwald’s criticism is also symptomatic of recent polls that suggest Obama may be having trouble with his base (not that they have anywhere else to go). In other times, leftists might not have been so concerned about MSNBC being too pro-Obama.